Struggling to come up with ideas for how to spend your spring break without breaking the bank? There are plenty of free and affordable options in the Pikes Peak Region. Here are our top recommendations to get your planning started.
Nothing says “free” like the freedom found in the great outdoors. Other than renting some gear or booking a tour if needed, outdoor recreation comes at no cost. Enjoy a hike at popular spots like Garden of the Gods Park, Red Rock Canyon Open Space or North Cheyenne Cañon Park. Explore one of the many parks in honor of the 50th anniversary of El Paso County Parks – you can even join in the 50K for 50 Years challenge by hitting trails at Paint Mines Interpretive Park, Palmer Divide Trails and Pineries Open Space. El Paso County Parks also has two nature centers, both of which are free to the public. Visit outdoor attractions that are open year-round and have affordable admission costs, like Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Cave of the Winds Mountain Park and the Manitou Cliff Dwellings.
Bunk up somewhere cozy
Looking to save some cash? You can book a bunk room with your friends and family at Kinship Landing. The 8-bed bunkrooms come with custom-designed twin bed pods with privacy screens. Traveling in an RV? Grab an RV site at Colorado Springs KOA. If you’re looking for more traditional lodging, check out local hotel deals. Glen Eyrie Castle is offering standard rooms as low as $103 per night, Hotel Elegante has a “playcation” package for $159 per night and The Broadmoor has a spring break package starting at $259 per night.
Learn something new
The kids may be out of school for the week, but the learning doesn’t have to stop. Colorado Springs has plenty of free and affordable museums the whole family will enjoy exploring. Get into the Olympic spirit in honor of this Olympic year with a visit to the newly opened U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum. Did you know it’s Colorado Springs’ sesquicentennial? You can learn all about the history of the region over the last 150 years at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. For families that like to nerd out about space, the Space Foundation Discovery Center is offering a week of programming about robots, exploring Mars, coding, 3D printing and flying drones.
Before your trip, don’t forget to take our Peak of Safety Pledge. You’ll be rewarded with deals and discounts to places like breweries, restaurants, boutiques, spas, hotels and museums that you can redeem during your visit. For more spring break ideas, check out our event page.